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The Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA) is the UK’s leading asbestos removal association, representing the interests of asbestos removal contractors and associated businesses.

ARCA is the first port of call for anyone seeking an asbestos removal contractor to safely remove asbestos. The Association has over 300 members and are the UK’s leading provider of asbestos removal training courses.

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First NVQ for Asbestos Removal Supervisors now available

ARCA, the UK’s leading association representing asbestos removal contactors, announces the availability of the first NVQ for asbestos removal supervisors.

The Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Supervising Licensed Asbestos Removal (Construction) has been developed by ARCA specifically for asbestos removal supervisors, following consultation with industry, and certificated through RSPH (awarding body).

Now asbestos removal supervisors can gain one qualification, rather than two, to obtain a gold CSCS card, saving businesses time and cost.

“As the leading association, supporting our members and the industry by developing one encompassing qualification for supervisors was our goal,” commented Satish Patel, Training Manager for ARCA.

The Sector Skills Council (SSC, CITB) agreed ARCA could review the framework of the Occupational Workers Supervisory NVQ to see how it could be tailored for the asbestos removal industry. After this review and selection of the learning units to be included in the qualification, industry was consulted to ensure the content verified the knowledge and understanding required to carry out a supervisor’s role and responsibilities

“Feedback was very positive, with the qualification content confirmed, so we worked with RSPH to complete all documentation and I carried out a pilot of the on-site assessment process,” stated Satish Patel.

“Having the support of the SSC, the industry and also RSPH, ARCA is now delivering a specifically designed qualification for asbestos removal supervisors.”

For full details on this NVQ and the units covered please visit the ARCA website

ARCA in Top 5 Best Asbestos Blogs

Earlier this month the Association’s blog was ranked 4th Best Asbestos Blog by Feedspot.

Feedspot selected sites because they are actively working to provide readers with frequent, high-quality information. Blogs are ranked based on Google reputation and search ranking as well as influence and popularity on social media.

‘We are delighted to have such positive feedback on the blog and that the information provided is helping to educate our readers,’ commented Sarah Haslam, Marketing Manager at ARCA.

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ARCA News celebrates 100th issue

The Spring 2018 issue of the ARCA News magazine includes asbestos industry news, guidance and articles on research being undertaken by the HSE Science Division and developing people ARCA News issue 100 Front Cover Imagein the workplace.

Also, Association news covers an update on the ARCA Member Audit App and CSCS cards, as well as, ARCA supporting the IOSH ‘No Time to Lose’ campaign and the housing sector by speaking on ‘Managing the Risks from Asbestos’ at the AGSM 2018 Conference.

In January 1992 the first issue of ARCA News was published, now you can read the 100th issue of the journal for asbestos management professionals … available online here

ARCA supports Asbestos phase of IOSH No Time to Lose campaign

ARCA will be exhibiting at the launch of the asbestos phase of IOSH’s No Time to Lose campaign in London on Monday 9 April 2018.

As asbestos is the biggest occupational disease risk to construction workers in the UK, with currently approximately 5,000 asbestos related cancer deaths per year, the Institution of Occupational and Safety Health (IOSH) campaign aims to raise awareness of occupational cancer contracted by exposure to asbestos and help businesses take action.

ARCA will be supporting the launch event by exhibiting, so ARCA staff will be on hand to answer questions attendees/businesses may have on how to manage the risks from asbestos. Also, ARCA will have free information available on asbestos surveys to clients’ legal responsibilities.

“We are delighted to support this campaign as we can continue to make more organisations aware of how to manage the risks from asbestos,” commented Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA).

“Although asbestos was banned in the UK in 1999, materials containing asbestos can still be found in a large number of buildings, so being aware of where asbestos can be found and how to manage it is vital to reducing the health risks faced by workers.”

Find out more about the IOSH ‘No Time to Lose’ campaign at www.notimetolose.org.uk

ARCA presents at HSENI Asbestos Seminar

ARCA was invited by the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) to address their Asbestos Updates Seminar on 15th March 2018. During the day numerous topics were covered, with particular emphasis on Plans of Work for licensed asbestos removal contractors.

Geoff Silver, Membership Compliance Manager, represented ARCA at the seminar, which was attended by over 100 delegates from licensed asbestos removal contractors, analysts and clients based in Northern Ireland, together with officers from HSENI.

One of the key objectives of HSENI is that the relevant parties ‘control risk together’, and ARCA was delighted to contribute with presentations on Plan of Work Perspectives, Ensuring Plans of Work are Suitable & Sufficient, and Measuring Performance.

“It was a privilege to share some of our perspectives regarding Plans of Work,” commented Geoff. “It was interesting and significant to hear many of the same points highlighted in presentations by HSENI, creating a strong message of unity in the perspectives of the enforcing authority and the UK’s leading trade association for asbestos management”.

ARCA typically assess over 500 Plans of Work per year, reviewing them against legislative requirements and guidance when processing applications for Association membership, during unannounced and scheduled site audits, and during licence renewal preparation discussions with members.

The importance of Plans of Work cannot be over emphasised. They are prepared in order to address all of the site specific requirements of each individual asbestos removal contract undertaken, and form the instructions to site teams as to how the work is to be carried out.

“ARCA site audits not only assess Plans of Work against industry requirements, but also the compliance of site teams in carrying out the work in accordance with the Plan,” stated Geoff.

Further information on the topics mentioned is available on the ARCA website: membershipsite auditslicence renewal preparation services, and risk assessment & plans of work training course.